One of the hotter spam tactics right now is stealing legitimate Facebook accounts so the spammer can then use Facebook to spam friends, family, acquaintances and everyone else on Facebook with ease.
The beauty of spamming though Facebook is that the spammers messages will likely get delivered. If you have a Facebook account then you agree to accept message from Facebook, whether they’re spam or not.
Spam sent from hacked and stolen accounts are also more likely to be read by the recipient because millions and millions of Facebook users are lonely and trusting enough to accept friend invitations from anyone who asks.
However, in order to be successful, the spammer needs to first steal the identity of as many legitimate Facebook users as possible and that explains such Phishing fraud emails like this one:
The message claims to come from “facebookmail.com” but this is spoofed as these are actually sent from a variety of compromised mail servers throughout the world. Interestingly, the spammers do inject a fake message delivery header in order to trick spam filters into believing that these messages are legitimate Facebook communications. For instance, a recent copy included:
from [10.18.255.123] ([10.18.255.123:40653]) by mta003.snc1.facebook.com (envelope-from <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
But this is a completely bogus header, inserted only to confuse spam filters.
In general, these types of scams are rampant right now, and are designed with one goal in mind: to get the recipient to click on they hyper-links which direct you to spoofed Facebook login pages.
If the recipient tries to “log in” all they will actually accomplish is providing their real Facebook username and password to the spammers who will then hijack their account and begin their spamming campaign.
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